Gallery: Here's the €23,000/ac Galway farm bought by the owner of Supermacs
Connacht-Ulster saw the most lucrative farm sale of the year at public auction with the sale of a beautiful 135ac farm at Renville near Oranmore with fine dry fields sweeping down to Galway Bay.
The day I walked the place I thought to myself that a Galway man or woman will buy this, it's a piece of the county anyone would love to own.
And so it came to pass, at auction a few days later it was bought by Pat McDonagh, founder of the Supermac's fast food chain and quintessential Galwayman. He paid €3.2m for the property or €23,700/ac, a substantial per acre price for a farm of this size.
When we think of the shores of Galway Bay we immediately think of Connemara but there is also a lovely southern and eastern shore to the bay from Kinvara right into Oranmore.
Along this shore near Oranmore is Renville, home to a stretch of fertile land with fine stands of trees that runs down to the shore.
One of the most prominent properties in this area is Renville House, a 19th Century period house that was once home to the Blakes, one of the Tribes of Galway, and since the 1960's was home to a Dr Lydon and his family.
The house on 135ac of fine land was for sale by public auction and had a guide price of €2m.
The house is a 19th Century period house and it has charm written all over it. I suppose its vintage, dating from 1820, makes it Georgian in provenance if not in style. Inside the house is elegant but not grand.